Boston’s Best Family-Friendly Breakfast & Brunch Spots

April 5, 2013 6:00 AM

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(Photo Credit: The Friendly Toast)

(Photo Credit: The Friendly Toast)

 
After a long week of work and school, treat yourself and your family to breakfast or brunch on the weekend. Whether you are in the mood for a loaded omelet, steak and eggs, a cheesy, vegetable sandwich, pancakes, bacon or toast, Boston has some of the best family-friendly breakfast spots around. Venture to one of the award-winning diners to fill up on delicious breakfast fare as you enjoy your family’s company. With the neighborhood favorites listed below, weekend breakfast or brunch just might become your new family tradition.
 

(credit: commongroundallston.com)

(credit: commongroundallston.com)

Common Ground Bar and Grill
85 Harvard Ave.
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 783-2071
www.commongroundallston.com

Common Ground is a local favorite bar and grill that focuses on serving the neighborhood. Brunch is offered daily with all-you-can-eat breakfast on Saturday and all-you-can-eat brunch on Sunday. Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the weekend brunch menu consists of items such as fruit, yogurt, peanut butter pancakes, a variety of omelets, sausage, bacon, salads and sandwiches. All-you-can-eat Saturday breakfast includes scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, toast and home fries. Sunday’s all-you-can-eat brunch includes, but is not limited to, home fries, toast, scrambled eggs, fruit, yogurt and roast beef. Common Ground’s family atmosphere and extensive weekend menu is sure to satisfy your whole crew.

 

(Photo Credit: In A Pickle/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: In A Pickle/Facebook)

In A Pickle
265 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
www.in-a-pickle.com

In A Pickle features classic American-style breakfast dishes with service focused completely on customer satisfaction. What sets this breakfast spot apart from the others is its selection of breakfast sandwiches and burritos, which include ingredients such as black forest ham, spinach, jalapenos, cheese, a wide variety of vegetables, salsa, bbq sauce, eggs and sausage. The vast breakfast menu, served daily starting at 6:30 a.m., has something for everyone, including an array of omelets, entrees and combination meals, Belgian waffles, French toast and pancakes with fillings and toppings such as fruit, chocolate and nuts. This award-winning establishment pushes the limits and offers pancakes loaded with m&m’s, peanut butter and chocolate, nuts, caramel and chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough or chocolate chips, banana and coconut.

 

(Photo Credit: Deluxe Station Diner)

(Photo Credit: Deluxe Station Diner)

Deluxe Station Diner 
70 Union St.
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 244-2550
www.deluxestationdiner.com

Deluxe Station Diner serves breakfast daily all day beginning at 7 a.m. The classic diner feel accompanies the train station décor. This popular breakfast spot offers dishes such as steak and eggs, smoked salmon platter, pastrami and eggs and loaded home fries. Breakfast sandwiches include ingredients such as eggs, cheese, vegetables, bacon, sausage, tofu, soy cheese and salmon. Deluxe Station Diner features a variety of omelets that include meat, vegetables, cheese and soy products for the vegetarian. Fruit, granola and breads are also available. Tempt your palate with flapjacks, French toast made with challah bread or eggs benedict with black forest ham, salmon, hash or crab cakes.

Related: Boston’s Best Diners

 

(Photo Credit: Olympian Diner)

(Photo Credit: Olympian Diner)

Olympian Diner 
17 Hancock St.
Braintree, MA 02184
(781) 848-8505
www.olympiandiner.com

Olympian Diner is a family-owned, classic diner making simple, classic diner food. This favorite neighborhood spot serves breakfast starting at 6 a.m. Order breakfast items such as home fries, omelets, toast, eggs, steak, pancakes and French toast. Enjoy a Belgian waffle with fruit or a dish of eggs benedict. Visit the lighter side of the menu with homemade oatmeal, grapefruit, cereal, an English muffin or a bagel. Even your children have a special menu offering eggs, bacon, home fries, sausage, pancakes, toast, French toast or ham.

 

(Photo Credit: Johnny’s Luncheonette/Facebook)

(Photo Credit: Johnny’s Luncheonette/Facebook)

Johnny’s Luncheonette 
30 Langley Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
(617) 527-3223
www.johnnysluncheonette.com

Johnny’s Luncheonette is an award-winning diner that serves breakfast all day every day beginning at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. The weekend service is popular, so call-ahead seating is recommended. With a menu that boasts ingredients such as fresh vegetable salsa, smoked salmon, porridge, latkes, pastrami, chili peppers, corned beef, blintzes, black beans and herring, you would be hard pressed to find something different to try. For the traditional breakfast dishes, Johnny’s Luncheonette offers flapjacks, French toast, a variety of omelets, home fries, fruit, muffins, bacon, sausage, bagels and waffles. Top off your breakfast stay with a visit to the old-fashioned 1950’s-style soda fountain.

Related: Boston’s Best Waffles

 

The Friendly Toast (File photo credit: thefriendlytoast.net)

The Friendly Toast (File photo credit: thefriendlytoast.net)

The Friendly Toast
1 Kendall Square
Bldg 300
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 621-1200
www.thefriendlytoast.net

The Friendly Toast has won national recognition as one of the best breakfast places in the country. They offer up 12 different types of waffles and pancakes – everything from crunchy coconut to pumpkin to homemade batter chocolate chip. Their bread is all homemade. They offer plenty of eclectic-styled homemade meals. And if adventure and trying new things doesn’t suit your fancy, there’s a make-your-own omelet option. The portions are monstrous. Fortunately,  kids 12 and under can get a half portion of anything on the menu, and it’s half-price.

Nicole Adams resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She is a freelance writer specializing in animal welfare. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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